Alice In Chains frontman Jerry Cantrell has told Kerrang! about the first time he encountered late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell and his brother, Vinnie Paul, who passed away in June.
“They were exactly the same as they were the day they both died – so much fun," he explains. "In Dallas, I’d hang out in clubs and watch shows, and I caught Pantera playing in this little bar. It was when they still had Terry Glaze singing with them and they were so fucking cool. I remember watching Dime [‘bag Darrell] play, and he was something else. We were the same age, but he was light years ahead of where I was."
"After the show, I spoke to him and we had an instant connection," he adds. "This was two years before I’d even met my own band. It was cool too that Alice In Chains and Pantera hit it big at about the same time.”